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Acousto-Optic Devices For Use In Radio Frequency Target Simulators
Author(s): Ernst K. Kirchner
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Paper Abstract

Acousto-optic devices have been analyzed and developed for use as modulators, filters and correlators, and in spectrum analyzers. The ability of the acousto-optic unit to amplitude-modulate, frequency-modulate, and deflect laser beams, makes them suitable for these applications. The various signal processing and control functions provided by the acousto-optic devices are optimized by controlling the ratio of divergence angles of the optical beam and the acoustic beam in the acousto-optic interaction region. Another application of acousto-optic devices is to simulate moving targets to test fuzing altimeters and active missile control systems. The frequency modulation, amplitude modulation, and deflection properties of acousto-optic components are all utilized in a single acousto-optic unit to provide the variable range and Doppler simulation. Development of a suitable acousto-optic component for this simulation application is described, as is a description of a simulator employing this acousto-optic device.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 January 1980
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 0202, Active Optical Devices, (30 January 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.958114
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Ernst K. Kirchner, Teledyne MEC (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0202:
Active Optical Devices
John Tracy, Editor(s)

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